Quick Start: Western girls lacrosse races out early, beats Albemarle


Western Albemarle’s girls lacrosse team got four goals apiece from Mattie Shearer and Libby Carbo in a 16-5 road win at Albemarle on a chilly Friday night. The Warriors jumped out to a 6-0 lead against the Patriots and never looked back.


Reid Ferguson and Erica Repich registered hat tricks for the Warriors, with two of Ferguson’s goals coming in the opening minutes as Western got started early. Repich had opened the scoring off a restart three minutes in.


“All of the minutes from the players who played was a great collective effort,” Western coach Dana Boyle said. “Whether it was on defense, midfield, or attack, it was a great team win.”


Leigh Young got Albemarle on the board with 8:13 to go in the first half and Reagan Bingaman got the first of her two tallies three minutes later to trim the deficit to 6-2, but Carbo sandwiched two of her goals around one by Repich, the last one coming with 1:02 left for a comfortable 9-2 halftime lead.


“Albemarle’s a good team, and we see them again this season, so I hope we’ll come out bringing that same fire,” Boyle said.


Western scored four of the first five goals of the second half to erase all doubt. Repich completed her hat trick at the 12:30 mark, while Ferguson followed suit with 11:10 to go, making it 14-4.


Buoyed by the fast start on offense, keeper Kate Thomas registered seven saves for the Warriors, six in the first half.


“At the beginning, we had butterflies. We were all a little nervous,” Thomas said. “After that first goal, it was motivating, and it opened up our offense.”


The Warriors will meet Virginia Episcopal next Wednesday, while Albemarle faces St. Catherine’s next Thursday.